Tags: Canine First Aid

Canine Tip of the Day: Ticks

  Ticks come in lots of different colours and sizes; from grey, pink, red, brown and black, and right through from the size of a pin-head to a big fat juicy rice-crispy.  They are carried on things like sheep and deer and drop off into the grass and undergrowth so that when an animal passes through, […]

Fits & Seizures

Fits and Seizures occur when brain cells malfunction and abnormal nerve signals spread throughout part of the brain in an uncontrolled way.  The most common cause of fits/seizures/convulsions in dogs: EPILEPSY This is the most common cause. The first fit normally occurs before age 3 if true epilepsy is the cause. Fits in young dogs may often […]

Eclampsia – Rhodes 2 Safety

  Eclampsia (often known as milk fever) is a serious disease caused by calcium deficiency which may occur in late pregnancy or, more usually, after the puppies are born, when the milk production is at its peak.  It is more common amongst smaller bitches who are nursing large litters or bitches who are feeding big, healthy, […]

Canine Tip of the Day: Burns

There are lots of places a dog could get a burn from, and several different types of burn too, from hot burns (caused by coming into contact with anything hot including flames, boiling water and even the sun), cold burns (usually ice or frozen metal), chemical burns (from anything that can get either onto the […]

Vet Wrap – Rhodes 2 Safety

Vet Wrap – In an ideal world, I would love for every single one of you have a well stocked first aid box.  . Obviously, its not normal to carry everything but the kitchen sink around with us on our walks though, so if you only have ONE piece of first aid equipment, make it a […]

Lungworms – Rhodes 2 Safety

 Lungworms  –  I was just sitting having my breakfast and saw an advert on the TV about treatment for lungworm and I wondered just how many “ordinary” pet owners actually know anything about it.  So, here goes … Lungworm infestation can be acquired from slugs or snails as intermediate hosts, through sniffing or licking them, […]

Bee & Wasp Stings – Rhodes 2 Safety

Bee & Wasp Stings  –  In the summer and early autumn, stings from bees and wasps are an occupational hazard for a dog.  Because they like to roam about investigating the undergrowth and hedgerows whenever they can, I suppose it’s inevitable that they’ll come across the odd sting or two.   Maybe you might notice […]

Positions to Practice – Rhodes 2 Safety

Positions to Practice  –  I was asked on one of our canine courses recently about the best position to be in when you check inside your dog’s mouth.  One of my main suggestions is that you should practice the various positions you intend to use to examine your dog to get him used to it and thus preventing him […]

Checking your dog’s mouth

Checking your dog’s mouth   –  For most first aid procedures we need to do, we need to be able to examine our dog thoroughly and there’s a good chance that he may be in pain, frightened or disorientated.  For this reason, it’s a good idea to teach your dog to acceptance a muzzle, just in case you ever need to […]

Locating an Emergency Vet

Locating an Emergency Vet – NOW!!!  It’s vital to have your usual vet’s telephone number in your ‘phone so it’s right at your finger tips if you need it.  Check with your vet to make sure they have provision for accidents or emergencies that occur out of usual office hours.  If your vet DOES NOT […]

Snakebites – Rhodes 2 Safety

Snakebites – The Common Adder, or Viper, is the only venomous snake in the British Isles.  Most Adder encounters happen during their active season which is between March and October.  They have a dark “zig-zag” stripe along the back and their background colour varies from grey or white in the male, right through to shades of brown or […]

Nails (trimming)

Nails –  (if you are on Facebook, check out the group Nail Maintenance for Dogs for some brilliant advice) Have you ever looked closely at a doggy toe nail?  It’s got the shiny outer shell bit and running along the inside cavity of the nail is the blood supply called the kwik.  The ideal length […]

Split Tail Tip

  If you have a breed with a lovely long, waggy tail, you may well have encountered the nightmare that is a split tail tip or “Happy Tail”.  Usually, as a result of some seriously exuberent wagging, the tail may come into contact with a stationary object such as the door frame or wall and […]

Heatstroke Hyperthermic Collapse

Heatstroke Hyperthermic Collapse

Heatstroke Hyperthermic Collapse – Hyper is latin and means high, above or over.  It is not to be confused with conditions who’s names start with Hypo (Hypo means exactly the opposite, ie low, below or under) Today’s tip is about Hyperthermic Collapse (collapse due to the dog having a very high temperature or being subjected atmospherically […]

Basic First Aid for Eye Injuries

Basic first aid for eye injuries Object in the eye: Our eyes are so important to us, whether we are humans, dogs or another species entirely.  For this reason, any “messing about” with eyeballs causes extreme fear and wariness and so before you start trying to help, please think about your own physical safety and […]

Canine Tip of the Day: Did you know ….

  Did you know … Dogs have three eyelids. The third lid, called a nictitating membrane or “haw,” keeps the eye lubricated and protected. and Did you know … A dog’s shoulder blades are unattached to the rest of the skeleton to allow greater flexibility for running

Eating Grass

Is Eating Grass Normal?  . . Three times recently I have been directly asked or overheard a conversation about this issue and then, totally by chance, I read a really interesting little snippet which sums it up beautifully.  This little chapter comes from Andrew Gardiner’s First Aid for Dogs book – An Owner’s Veterinary Guide […]

Canine Quiz – Q4

  Rhodes 2 Safety Quiz Q4: Your dog squeezes himself through a tiny gap between a fence and the side of a garage while “investigating”. He catches his foreleg on a sharp edge sticking out from the fence and puts a degloved injury in his leg (a degloved injury is one in which the flesh […]

Canine Quiz – Q3

Rhodes 2 Safety Quiz Question 3 (Q3) It’s a warm summer’s evening in August. You’ve had the back door open and the dogs have been able to trot in and out as they like. You look at your dog about 9pm and notice that he looks a little odd. His eyes have begun to puff […]

Canine Quiz – Q1

This week is Quiz Week – I did this a few months ago and it went down very well so thought we’d have another go at it this week. Ill pop a question each day for you to think about and the following day will put up the appropriate answers. Today’s Rhodes 2 Safety Q1 […]